The concept originated in the United States hitchhiking. But now, in America, it is not as popular due to strict laws: tourists traveling from one point to another in the country hitched, can be arrested for vagrancy. But in Russia this kind of travel is becoming more popular every year, especially among young people.
Hitchhiking is ideal for those whorestricted cash, or simply can not live without the thrill. This is a wonderful chance to see their country, and maybe even some foreign countries, such as Europe. But there is another reason that stops many people from being able to give preference to the travel hitched, headwind and communicate with strangers and interesting people. And the reason - the question that the hitchhiking safe.
Over, on the one hand, these doubts arejustified, because we have all heard stories of bloody, which traveling via hitchhiking people are imported into the dark forest, kill, rob, etc. Still, this is more myth than reality. On the road, happen a variety of unexpected and sometimes dangerous occurrence, but if you or your traveling companion (better if it is a man) can stand up for themselves, have enough good physical preparation and skills of intelligent communication with different people, you have nothing to fear. Just do not lose vigilance, and just in case, buy pepper spray, which will be your guarantee of security while hitchhiking.
Besides gas canister ideally you will need:
- tent and sleeping bags in case you have to spend the night in the woods or in the field;
- antibiotics and aspirin, disinfectants, bandages;
- a road map;
- set of spare clothes;
- the minimum set of required products (canned meat, crackers, tea), and water supply.
Hitchhiking on the one hand is safer for young people. But on the other hand the young man to a woman much more likely to catch a ride.
It is best to start with the practicemovements on its own field: try in the shortest possible time to get it from one point to another. If all goes well, and you will understand that such an adventure just for you, you can try hitchhiking across Russia. First, you can choose the two settlements, not so far spaced from each other. Then you can start to move over longer distances, and thus obtain a chance to see almost all the great and vast country. While hitchhiking across Russia you will understand that, contrary to popular belief in our country are much more kind and helpful people, always ready to help other people than bandits, robbers, etc.
Those who understand that they have their own countrysmall, can try their hand in the conquest of foreign countries. This type of tourism will allow you to explore the country from the inside and really get to know the mentality of the local people and their habits.
Travel Europe hitchhiking has its own characteristics: you'll need some more money and a basic knowledge of at least one European language.
In conclusion, I would like to give some advicethose who are just going to try this kind of tourism. The concept of "avtsotop" is not always synonymous with "free." Many seasoned travelers believe that a small fee a person who drove you far enough away, - it is not a duty, as a courtesy. And remember that many tourists hitchhiking sure that much better to sleep in the open air field than in the cab from the driver.</ P>